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Maritime employers have a duty to provide their employees with a seaworthy vessel. A ship is considered to be seaworthy if it is suitable for all aspects of the voyage which it is about to embark. Ship owners should consider the length of the voyage, the likely weather conditions that will be encountered and the nature of the cargo being carried. In order for a vessel to be seaworthy, it must also be adequately staffed and have appropriate emergency equipment for the crew. Seamen may be able to recover damages if they are injured in an accident aboard an unseaworthy vessel.
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